Internet Survival Kit
Akara Ingram, Intern, Center on Adolescent
Sexuality, Pregnancy and Parenting (CASPP), Human Development
& Family Studies, University of Missouri Extension
What is Technology?
Computers, cell phones, pagers, MP3 players/IPODS, hand-held
video games, and other mobile devices.
Everyone’s doing it! It is estimated that…
- 55% of kids aged 8 to 18 own a hand-held video
- 45% of kids aged 8 to 18 have a cell phone with
- 37% of kids aged 8 to 18 own a MP3 Player
- 26% of kids aged 8 to 18 have a laptop
- 13% of kids aged 8 to 18 have some type of hand-held
Can’t live with them…Can’t live without them…
- 60% of 6th graders reported using the internet;
by 7th grade, usage increased to 82%
- 94% of teens report using the internet by the
time they reach the 11th or 12th grade
What can they possibly be doing??
- Email: 89% of the time
- Movies/TV show info: 84% of the time
- Online video games: 81% of the time
- Instant Messaging (IM): 75% of the time
- Downloading music: 51% of the time
- Online purchases: 43% of the time
My Child would NEVER….
- It is reported that 11 million teens view porn
regularly online; 70% of whom find it “by accident”
- One-third (1/3) of kids in grades 7th to 12th
say they are older in order to gain access to a
- 42% of parents DO NOT review or monitor the
content that their kids read/send online
Why are parents not monitoring?
- Keeping up is hard to do
- Kids access the internet on their own
- Kids have more computer smarts than their parents
Parents: Don’t become a statistic…
- Have kids access the computer from a common
area in your home
- Use internet filters
- Set time limits for online use
Kids: Don’t become a statistic…
- NEVER give personal information to anyone you
- NEVER get together with someone you meet online
- Do not fill out “fun” questionnaires that are
forwarded…even if they are from your friends
- Make sure you know everyone on your buddy list
- If you don’t know who sent the email, don’t
respond. Just delete
- Private? What’s that? It does not exist on the
- Be careful of the pictures you post. If you
don’t want your parents, teacher, pastor, or future
college advisor to see it, it may not be a good
idea to post it
- Never share your password with anyone except
Is my child ready for this?
- Ages 7-9: Some kids will want to start emailing.
IM (instant messaging) is not a good idea.
- Age 10-12: Children will begin to explore on
their own for school and for fun. IMing comes into
play here for the first time - more so for girls
than for boys.
- Ages 13-16: The Full Monty! It’s entirely age-appropriate
for this group to email, IM, surf the Web, download,
and play games. However, Parents, make sure your
kids know your rules.
How can you become a cool media savvy parent?
- Visit an online social networking site (facebook
or myspace, for example).
- Play a video game with your kid.
- Download something your kids will like.
- Check out You/Tube. (www.youtube.com)
- Invest in a digital video recorder (DVR)
- Learn how to manage your kids online lives
Data as of 2005: Kaiser Family
Common sense Media 2006